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Boost your mood and energy with these morning microsteps

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Whether it’s a quick journaling exercise, listening to a song you love, or just making your bed before you leave the house, our morning routine can help set the tone for the whole day. And to research even shows that establishing consistent rituals can improve our mood and well-being.

If you need ideas for energizing morning rituals that can set you up for a positive day, here are five simple microsteps. Pick one (or more!) to try tomorrow morning:

Drink a glass of water before picking up your phone.

This simple trick will not only help you hydrate and replenish what you lost in your sleep, but it will also give you a break before diving into your day. Research shows that starting the day with a glass of water can help boost our vibe and improve our to concentrate.

Repeat an affirmation that empowers you.

Reciting a mantra in the morning can set the tone for the day ahead and help us reframe challenges in times of stress. An affirmation can be something simple and declarative, like “I am enough” – or it can be a line from a song or book that resonates with you.

Write down three priorities for the day.

When we take a moment in the morning to identify the most important tasks, we can approach the day with a clear purpose and will be less likely to be overwhelmed later.

Ask a colleague a deeper question other than “How are you?”

Science tells us that our working relationships can help us find meaning in our work, improve our mood and increase our productivity. When we take the time to invest in relationships by starting the day with a meaningful question to a co-worker like, “What’s on your mind today?” we can deepen our relationships and feel a boost of energy.

Do a small thing that brings you joy.

It could be meditating, walking, or making a breakfast you like. Even something as simple as making your bed in the morning can give you an instant sense of accomplishment. Starting the morning with a little joy trigger can help us feel under pressure and happy throughout the day.